I RECENTLY bought an Islamiat course book for my BA examinations. As the syllabus of BA for Islamiat requires a basic understanding of Quranic grammar, the book explains the kinds of verbs, tenses, sentences, etc., with the help of small examples, a procedure followed to understand the basic English grammar also.

However, after reading a few examples of the forms of verbs, I found myself frustrated. The reason was that every example used to explain the form discussed contained the word ‘beat’.

For example, ‘one man beats’, ‘I beat’, ‘we beat’, and ‘one man was beaten’.

Almost throughout the section for Quranic grammar, the word ‘beat’ and its many forms were being used as illustrations. I thought it better to consult the Internet rather than depress myself with such unpleasant examples.

However, I was at a loss for words when the first website I consulted used the word ‘kill’ and its various forms to explain the same aspects of Quranic grammar.

It is extremely baffling why such violent words are being used in connection with the Holy Quran. Have we as Muslims, by any chance, also started looking at our own religion as violent?

Any other simple word could have been selected, for instance, ‘eat’, ‘walk’, ‘run’ and myriad other short and easy words.

The more we require tolerance in today’s day and age, the more violence is being fed into our minds.

Some may not find it disturbing, but it is still being injected into their subconscious and definitely has an effect on the way they think.

I request the authors of such books and websites to please keep this aspect in mind and refrain from using such disturbing words.


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November 7, 2012 12:25 pm
It seems to me that you want to change the literal meaning of the Quran to suit your lofty standards. Many Mullahs have openly said God's words cannot be changed. Why are you attempting it? Its God dude..
Khalid Pathan
November 7, 2012 10:25 am
Violence is part of our psyche and the syllabus is a reflection of that reality. As long as violence and violent methods will have approval from educational authorities, there is simply no hope that we will have peace in future.
November 7, 2012 5:06 pm
Dude - Read the letter again - you obviously seemed to have mis-understood what the writer is saying. He is talking about the EXAMPLES that the HUMAN authors have used to explain the grammatical content - not the literal Quran!
November 7, 2012 5:25 pm
Beta - that is what the "religion of peace" is all about.....
November 7, 2012 5:38 pm
He was refering to man's word in the grammer book. You have a problem in comprehension? Your hate is getting in the way of understanding.
Jalaluddin S. Hussain
November 7, 2012 6:41 am
"The more we require tolerance in today’s day and age, the more violence is being fed into our minds." I agree with you and suggest as a Canadian-Pakistani that the word "PEACE" should be our be-all and end-all!
Garib Manus
November 7, 2012 8:11 am
A very interesting observation and very apt suggestion!!!
Shahid Masud (@HotMasud)
November 8, 2012 2:17 am
A very good observation and suggestion from the young guardian of our future.
November 7, 2012 7:34 pm
Your hate and ignorance comes in the way of your thinking...
November 7, 2012 7:33 pm
How does that have do do anything to do with changing the Quran? Have you even read it?
Mohammad Ali Khan
November 7, 2012 1:28 pm
The fanatics are prevented to comprehend reason because of their beliefs.
November 7, 2012 10:04 am
Agreed /moreover the example and illustrations we use clearly exhibits the state of one's mind .
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